Hotel Britannia Excelsior

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior represents good value for money in a great location on Lake Como. The lake's a stone's throw away and this is where you'll find the hotel's best feature - Europe's largest floating pool. Take a dip in the pool or park yourself on a sun lounger for the day and enjoy drinks from the poolside bar. 

The ferry port's not far from the hotel so you've got great links to other resorts on Lake Como. If you fancy a walk and want to stretch your legs, head south down towards Tremezzo where you can stop for a drink and a spot of lunch. It’s about two and a half kilometres each way and the footpath follows the lake. 

The hotel itself dates back to the 19th Century and you'll find traditional furnishings and decor throughout. We've chosen Deluxe Rooms for our guests that offer more space and comfortable amenities. Rooms with a lake view are available for a supplement. With the platinum all-inclusive upgrade included as standard with Inghams, you'll find you have plenty of choice when it comes to dining. Take advantage of the à la carte restaurants and enjoy authentic pasta dishes in Simply Pasta, fresh seafood at The Cove and uninterrupted lake views at our favourite, the Lido di Cadenabbia Restaurant where they serve an all you can eat Brazilian barbecue (reservations are required for à la carte restaurants). You'll be able to choose a range of local drinks including spirits and tea & coffee at three bars, including those at the sister hotel, Bazzoni. To end an evening, we had great fun in the hotel's Bubble Bar, located on the bottom floor. Here you can enjoy a drink and live music and dancing. It's great fun.

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach from Milan Malpensa airport.

  • No. of rooms: 284
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 6
  • Official rating: 3


Deluxe Rooms can sleep up to three people and are the upgraded rooms of the hotel. They have plenty of space and facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, fridge, hairdryer and shower. Rooms with a lake view and lake view & balcony are available for a supplement.

Single Rooms are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 8
  • Access ramp: No

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.


St. Moritz & the Bernina Express (full day)

Leave Lake Como and travel by coach into the majestic Val Valtellina, stopping for coffee in the small town of Tirano, before boarding the magnificent Bernina Express. This spectacular journey then travels past glaciers and over dramatic gorges before arriving in St. Moritz. You’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy a spot of lunch (payable locally) in this picturesque town. The return to Lake Como by coach is just as scenic and follows the road through the Maloja pass, stopping in the historic town of Chiavenna where you’ll find cobbled streets and local boutiques.

Departs: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: £57pp.

Milan (full day)

Enjoy a full day excursion visiting the fashion capital of Italy. An expert guide with show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle, which was once considered one of Europe’s greatest fortresses. Your excursions continues by coach where you’ll enjoy a full commentary by your guide as you drive around the city. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue by foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore and maybe do a spot of shopping.

Departs: Tuesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: £52pp.

Lake Orta & Stresa

Lake Orta is one of Italy’s prettiest lakes and oozes romance. Its picturesque cobbled streets are too narrow for cars, which makes it a pleasure to wander around as you discover local shops, charming cafes and lovely lake views. When you’ve had enough time to explore, the tour continues to Lake Maggiore and the lakefront resort of Stresa. A private boat will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £57pp. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbienello (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing it’s most beautiful villas and spectacular gardens. Built at the end of the 18th century, the villa now belongs to the FIA, Italy’s version of the National Trust. Wander through the villa and admire exquisitely-furnished interiors and a vast art collection. The manicured gardens are a delight to walk through and you can enjoy stunning lake views from many spots in the garden.

Departs: Sundays from mid May to mid September

Price: £48. 

Piona Abbey & Wine Tasting (approx. 6 hours)

The impressive Piona Abbey sits at the peninsula of Olgiasca and enjoys fantastic views over the lake. Spend some time enjoying these and the lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the Abbey, which is still inhabited by Cistercian Monks. In the afternoon you’ll a tasting of two local wines in a historic wine cellar.

Departs: Thursday from mid May to mid September

Price: £50pp.

Como & Lake Lugano (full day)

Start your day in the charming town of Como where you can admire its lakefront piazza and stunning cathedral. Continue by coach to Lugano, one of Switzerland's most elegant towns. Visit the wonderful Via Nassa and the square of Riforma with their striking buildings and exclusive shops or choose to spend time in the town's pretty park.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £55pp.

Bergamo (full day)

Bergamo has been described as the open air museum in the world. Birthpace of opera writer Gaetano Donizetti, this small city is brimming with history. Medieval towers look out over cobbled streets and charming piazzas, and there are wonderful views at every turn. You’ll begin your day here with some free time to explore before meeting an expert city guide for an interesting walking tour of Bergamo.

Departs: Thursdays from May to October

Price: €60pp. Please note that this excursion is only bookable locally in resort (subject to minimum numbers).


Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for our suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.



The hotel's floating pool is just across the road on the lakefront and has some of the best views of Lake Como. Loungers and parasols are free of charge and pool towels are available for approx. €8 per person for seven days' use.

General Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Evening entertainment five nights per week including themed live music nights.

Inghams guests have the Platinum All Inclusive Package, which offers a larger range of dining options than the standard package.

Breakfast can be taken at the Hotel Bazzoni's buffet restaurant where hot and cold food is available, at the Queen Victoria Restaurant or the Lido Restaurant. Lunch is available at Grill Restaurant or Queen Victoria Restaurant. Dinner can be taken at the Bazzoni buffet restaurant, Grill Restaurant, Simply Pasta, Queen Victoria Restaurant, Lido Restaurant or The Cove restaurant. Reservations are required.

The package also includes drinks, cocktails and selected brands of spirits and liquors at the Bazzoni cocktail bar (open until midnight), Bubbles Bar (from 10am to midnight) and the Lido (open until midnight).

Restaurants & Bars

Queen Victoria Buffet Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with varied dishes based on Italian and international cuisine.

Bazzoni Buffet Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers international cuisine.

Simply Pasta uses fresh ingredients to create traditional pasta dishes.

The Cove offers up Brazilian cuisine and plenty of seafood.

Lido di Cadenabbia is on the lake edge facing Bellagio's peninsula and offers local cuisine and pool views.

N26 Bistrot and Gourmet Restaurant is payable locally and offers a lovely a la carte menu with gourmet dishes. 

There are a total of four bars to choose from between Hotel Britannia Excelsior and Hotel Bazzoni.

Board basis options available

  • All Inclusive

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please notify us at the time of booking for any dietary requirements. As the hotel has a number of restaurants, we also strongly advise, depending where you eat each night, you speak to the restaurant when making your reservation to ensure no issues. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.2355902
  • Latitude: 45.9923233
  • Location Description:
    • 50 meters to ferry port
    • 20 meters to bus stop

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior
Cadenabbia, Lake Como,All Inclusive
12/05/2021 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Luton
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